MANAGEMT 7130OL - Systems Thinking

Online - Online Teaching 6 - 2021

Many of today's complex challenges cannot be tackled with the narrowly-focused, unconnected thinking of the past. Managers must make decisions and take action in complex environments in which finance, economics, markets, people and nature are interconnected and interdependent. This `messy? interconnectedness blurs the boundaries between organisations, communities and fields of expertise ? nothing is neat and tidy. Systems thinking focuses on the relationships among system elements and the interactions of the system with its environment, as opposed to focusing on the elements themselves. It is holistic (integrative) thinking instead of analytic (dissective) thinking. This course will introduce you to the world of systems and systems thinking. We will consider the merits of looking at wholes, rather than unconnected parts, and we will explore ways in which managers can make use of the nature of systems, even in complex, unpredictable environments, to influence outcomes in a more profound way than can be achieved with `linear? or `mechanistic? thinking.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MANAGEMT 7130OL
    Course Systems Thinking
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Online Teaching 6
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description Many of today's complex challenges cannot be tackled with the narrowly-focused, unconnected thinking of the past. Managers must make decisions and take action in complex environments in which finance, economics, markets, people and nature are interconnected and interdependent. This `messy? interconnectedness blurs the boundaries between organisations, communities and fields of expertise ? nothing is neat and tidy. Systems thinking focuses on the relationships among system elements and the interactions of the system with its environment, as opposed to focusing on the elements themselves. It is holistic (integrative) thinking instead of analytic (dissective) thinking. This course will introduce you to the world of systems and systems thinking. We will consider the merits of looking at wholes, rather than unconnected parts, and we will explore ways in which managers can make use of the nature of systems, even in complex, unpredictable environments, to influence outcomes in a more profound way than can be achieved with `linear? or `mechanistic? thinking.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr David Pender

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Combine the elements of complexity and systems with the role of connectedness to gain a better insight into local and global issues.
    2. Discriminate between the structural components of systems and how they shape system behaviour.
    3. Choose appropriate system locations to intervene when system change is required.
    4. Compare and resolve the archetypal patterns of systems dynamics that may give rise to unintended consequences of systems interventions.
    5. Propose systems interventions in an insightful way within identified boundaries.
    6. Diagnose uncertain, messy systems environments and the issues that emerge from complex living systems.


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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Meadows DH, 2008, Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction VT
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    Detail Due Weiughting CLOs Related weeks
    1: Investigative report - interpreting the root beer game End of week 2 20% CLO 1,2 Weeks 1 & 2
    2. Research report - systems based interention End of week 4 30% CLO 1,2,3,4 Weeks 1-4
    3. Case study analysis End of week 6 40% CLO 4,5,6 Weeks 1-5
    4. Critical business reflection End of week 6 10% All All
    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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